Definition of heirloom in English:

heirloom

Syllabification: heir·loom
Pronunciation: /ˈe(ə)rˌlo͞om
 
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noun

  • 1A valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations.
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    • She looked around the room slowly, her eyes taking in everything from the expensive paintings and family heirlooms dotted around the room, to the Oriental rug.
    • Some include journal entries or family heirlooms such as recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.
    • The situation hasn't quite reached the stage where pre-bookings are handed down through the generations like family heirlooms, but getting a pitch at peak times is difficult.
  • 1.1 [as modifier] chiefly North American Denoting a traditional variety of plant or breed of animal that is not associated with large-scale commercial agriculture: his garden is filled with heirloom vegetables free-range heirloom pork
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    • Every year I visit apple orchards in one or the other region and taste as many heirloom varieties as I can.
    • There's been a reawakening of interest in heirloom melons among home gardeners.
    • On their farm in Carmel Valley, Jon and Nancy embrace the seasons and grow unusual and heirloom vegetables.

Origin

late Middle English: from heir + loom1 (which formerly had the senses 'tool, heirloom').

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